Neil Lennon’s made the headlines this morning after getting pelted with a coin from the crowd during last night’s Edinburgh derby and a similar story has unfolded over in Turkey, where a match was abandoned due to a player being struck in the face with a foreign object and being injured.
During a Turkish Cup fourth-round tie between his Kimpasa side and the superbly named Batman Petrolspor, the French-Guinan striker was trundling over to take a corner when a bottle came from flying from the crowd and caught him flush on the face.
He went down hard, holding his eye, and required medical assistant to get to an ambulance at the side of the match. The game had to be abandoned with the visitors holding a 3-2 lead.
The former Blackburn striker isn’t keen on social media from what we can find so an update on his condition is difficult to find from him personally, but newspaper reports suggest he has only cosmetic injuries and didn’t need any surgical help.
Away games in Turkey are certainly not for the faint-heart, with their fans being some of the most boisterous in world football.
The Italian goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon recently highlighted the fans of the nation as the ones what create the worst conditions for visiting players. “The most hostile atmospheres I have ever played in, I would probably have to say is Turkey, at Fenerbahce and Galatasaray,” he said.